On September 18, 2021 at 7:30 PM, we’ll present a staged reading of local playwright Karen Ruetz’s new play Trillium. This reading will be directed by Mallory Holder. The talkback will be moderated by Will Brooks.


Granny always warned Maeve not to interfere with love, but when Sarah, an old friend, comes to Maeve for a love potion, Maeve reluctantly agrees to help her. Hoping to heal past wounds of a broken friendship, Maeve unknowingly opens Pandora’s box, releasing unfortunate events that will change her life. Set in the mountains of Appalachia, Trillium is a tale of magic, love, jealousy and revenge.


At our staged readings, the dialogue and stage directions are read aloud so that the audience can hear what the play will sound like. Each of our staged readings has benefited from different levels of movement and physicality to paint a mental picture of what the full show will look like. The performance helps the playwright spot potential areas for strengthening their work in the future.

After the performance, there is a brief intermission followed by an optional moderated talkback. The audience has an opportunity to answer some simple questions about the show, as well as provide their general feedback on the show. This process is essential for new play development! Now is your chance to be a part of creating new art!


Karen is an emerging playwright from Marietta, GA. Over twenty years ago, she auditioned for her first theatrical production and has been addicted to theatre ever since. Karen’s first play, The Art of Deception, had a reading in 2018. Her first production, For A Good Time, Mary, took place in 2019, and will be performed on the Legion Stage February 2022. She has had numerous short plays performed over the past two years in Georgia, New York and New Jersey. Karen is a member of the Dramatists Guild and several writing groups in the Atlanta area.

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